Coping with Trauma

Psychological trauma may set in after a distressing or life-threatening event. Sufferers may develop extreme anxiety or PTSD, or they may have ongoing problems with relationships and self-esteem. But many overcome trauma, offering inspiration to others who have had life-altering negative experiences.

 

Recent Posts on Trauma

Stroke - Aneurysm Awareness: 11 Effective Treatments

In this article, Dr. Diane explains the 11 different integrative methods that she recommends for treating a stroke and/or aneurysm.

Drugging Traumatized Kids: Lessons for Mental Health Care

By Claudia M Gold M.D. on May 19, 2015 in Child in Mind
Whether a child has experienced major trauma, or more ubiquitous adverse childhood experiences such as parental mental illness, domestic violence, or divorce, protecting space and time to listen to the story in the setting of trusting relationships is central to growth and healing

Police Versus Community: Why All the Trauma?

The power of trauma is that it compels us to protect ourselves from threats both real and imagined. How do you help police and community members filter threats that deserve our attention from those that don't?

On the Theater Shooting

With the trial going on, I am reposting my thoughts from the day of the shooting.

Living After a Police Officer Dies

By Nancy Berns Ph.D. on May 15, 2015 in Freedom to Grieve
If you look closer, you’ll see some of them wiping away tears. You’ll see the exhausted look of fresh grief on many faces. For others, eyes shine with appreciation of being among family—not related by blood but related by blood lost.

Breast Cancer Screening Anxiety

Breast cancer screening anxiety is common, especially for high-risk women with personal or family histories of breast cancer, and those that are called back for more tests. But it’s understudied and overlooked, especially given how many women it affects.

How To Let Hope and Time Guide You Through Depression

When depression becomes your familiar state, it can be scary to wade into the uncharted territory of feeling better.

Helping Teenagers who Live in Dysfunctional Families: Part 2

Despite this very real challenge that within dysfunctional families, the fact that parents might be uncooperative or uninvolved in their teenager's treatment, there are issues worth focusing on and ideas that can be processed in therapy.

8 Reasons It's So Tough to Overcome a Bad Childhood

Trauma experienced in childhood has special power to wound and can often lead to alcohol and drug use as a way to numb the pain or, conversely, to feel something, as those of us in the addiction treatment field know too well. But help is available and the recovery process can be helped along with an understanding of the things that so commonly get in the way of healing.

What is Love?

For Mother’s Day this blog will not address the pressing issues of psychiatry today. Suffice it to say that the harm done by the twin traumas of deprivation and abuse generate all the psychiatric struggles we are all subject to. This is the other side of the story - my appreciation for what I have learned from my wife.

Tai Chi in the VA

By Eric Newhouse on May 07, 2015 in Invisible Wounds
Dr. Roger Jahnke has been training instructors throughout the VA in a version of the ancient Asian discipline that he calls Tai Chi Easy. It accommodates all vets, including the disabled, by allowing them to practice it standing, sitting or lying down. Tai Chi promotes relaxation by adjusting body movements, slowing breathing and focusing the mind on the moment.

Neurofeedback: Book Review, "Calming the Fear-Driven Brain"

A review of Sebern Fisher’s book, Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain.

Discipline Rooted in Nurturance and Living Example

Discipline is pointing the way. Living example demonstrates the message in vibrant color impacting a child even more than words.

When a Parent Is Incarcerated

A two-step process developed by Dr. Glen Palm may help children cope with their parents' incarceration.

Who You Calling Phobic?

Fears about unstable ground are real, say researchers. And that's particularly true after a major quake.

Helping Teenagers who Live in Dysfunctional Families- Part 1

As teens forge trusting and safe therapeutic relationships with us, opening up and disclosing their deepest thoughts and feelings, we know that after the session they are often returning to environments and interpersonal dynamics that threaten to "undo” the positive work that is happening in our offices.

The Good Divorce Story

By Wendy Paris on May 05, 2015 in Splitopia
When facing divorce, many people struggle almost as much from narrative disconnect as from the logistical changes. Their story about what should have happened plagues them almost as much as the facts themselves. Rewriting the narrative is not only necessary, but also can be powerful.

Posttraumatic Growth

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Care for Nepal

Irrelationship is a shared defensive system that serves the purpose of shielding the participants from true connection. How might this be relevant for something as seemingly clear-cut as disaster response where responders and organizations trying to help are acting from altruistic motives? What can irrelationship tell us about care for the caretaker in disaster relief?

7 Ways to Heal After a Painful Breakup

By Suzanne Lachmann Psy.D. on April 29, 2015 in Me Before We
After a stormy relationship, you can think you’re OK, you're feeling stable, but then you plunge right back into confusion, disgust, and fear all over again.

The Deepest War Wound May Be the Anguish of Moral Injury

By Nancy Sherman Ph.D. on April 28, 2015 in Afterwar
That the military code—never abandon a buddy, bring all your troops home, don't put innocents at risk—is impossible to meet doesn't always register deep down. The result may be shame, and all too often suicidal shame.

Lessons From the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Do you live by the philosophy of Outside-In or Inside-Out? Love or hate the show, there’s some first rate psychological wisdom in it.

Women and Mental Illness

A host of factors may contribute to the higher prevalence of mental illness in women. In this post, we explore many of these.

Life Lessons from My 100-Year-Old Grandmother

The inspiration for this week’s blog is the 100th birthday of my beautiful grandmother. She has been an ongoing reminder in my life that all things are possible when you believe in yourself, and it's never, ever too late to grow, change, or create a new life chapter.

If the Earth Spoke, Would We Listen?

By Pythia Peay on April 21, 2015 in America On The Couch
It has often seemed to me that the only way humankind will change in time to avert its headlong course toward environmental destruction will be through the emergence of a new myth. Gary S. Bobroff, a Jungian-oriented psychologist, has devoted his life to studying the emergence of just such a history-changing myth: the emergence of . . .the phenomenon of crop circles.

PTSD and Panic Disorder, the Huge Difference

By Hal Mathew on April 21, 2015 in Unagoraphobic
Eternal vigilance is the price of PTSD and panic disorder

Please Let Me Act out on My Sugar Addiction in Peace

By Anna David on April 21, 2015 in After Party Chat
Those who consider themselves sugar addicts but then quit never tire of lecturing other sugar consumers about the dangers of that white powder. Why can't they just let us leave us alone with our cookies?

We’ve Been Warned!

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on April 19, 2015 in Time Out
The precursors of group violence, terrorism and even genocide have been identified. Despite extreme cultural and religious differences between the terrorist of Oklahoma City and 9/11 - they emerged from ideologically similar muck that continues to produce horrific mass murderers internationally. We hate to face it, but we must.

Helping Veterans with PTSD Using Yoga

Not only should the VA continue with pilot studies of holistic therapies, but evidence should be taken from related fields, such as addiction treatment, where these therapies have been used for years with great success.